English Idioms and Phrases from A-M For SSC CGL
English Idioms and Phrases from A-M For SSC CGL
1. A backslider : A lazy, irresponsible person who does not support a combines effort.
2. A back-stabber : A person is a back-stabber who unexpectedly betrays your trust.
3. A bad omen : An indication that something bad is about to happen.
4. A ballpark figure : An approximate estimate of how-many or how-much.
5. A barefaced-lie : A bold and brazen untruthful statement; a shameless, obvious lie.
6. A bit beyond my ken : Above my level of understanding; beyond my ability to grasp.
7. A bit dicey : A little risky.
8. A bit dodgy : Dishonest.
9. A bit much : Over-exaggerated.
10. A bit obtuse : A little dull and stupid.
- Babbling idiot : A mentally-challenged person who talks incoherent nonsense without stopping.
- Babes in the woods: Young people so innocent that they have no idea of the dangers around them.
- Back down: Reverse your opinion and admit you were wrong.
- Back stairs gossip: Talk among servants/ unfair talks.
- Back stairs influence: Improper and private influence.
- Back out of: Fail to fulfill an obligation.
- Back seat driver: Someone who sits in the back seat of a car and tells the driver what to do.
- Back to earth: Return to reality from a world of fantasy and illusion.
- Back to square one: To go back to the beginning of a project or task and start over again from the beginning.
- Back to the drawing board: Scrap or cancel a project and go back and start to draw up new plans again.
- Caged-in like a wild animal: To have no freedom.
- Calculated-risk : A risk taken after careful thinking.
- Call it quits : Give up
- Call a spade and spade : To be frank.
- Call-off: Cancel
- Call names : To abuse.
- Call the shots : Give the orders
- Callous remark : Hurtful, insensitive comment showing lack of feeling for others.
- Can see a mile off : Quite clear and evident.
- Carry the coal to Newcastle : A useless effort.
- Democle’s sword : Constant threat.
- Damp squib : Complete failure though earlier thought to be exciting.
- Dampen your hopes : To discourage your spirits and make you lose hope.
- Dance to one’s tune : Obeying one’s order.
- Dance attendance upon : To be in servile attitude all the time.
- Dark days ahead : A dim and dismal future
- Dark horse : A person with little hopes of winning something surprises everybody and wins.
- Dash off home : Hurry or rush home
- Day and night : All around the clock continuously without stopping.
- Day in and day out : Constant day-by-day routine
- Each man for himself : Everyone look out for himself with no help from anyone else.
- Each to his own : Everyone has the right to his own taste, opinion or choice.
- Eagle-eyed : With eyes as sharp as those of an eagle.
- Early bird : Someone who catches the first opportunity before others get there.
- Early grave : Death before expected.
- Earn your keep : Make money to live on.
- Earthly desires : Worldly sensual craving.
- Ease up on me : Don’t be so harsh; take it easy on me.
- Easier said than done : That is easier to say than to do.
- Easiest thing in the world : Very simple.
- Fabricated excuse : A total lie which is made-up to get out of trouble.
- Fabian policy : Intentional slow policy/ policy of delaying decisions.
- Face reality : Face the facts.
- Face the challenge : Meet the confrontation with confidence and courage in order to overcome it.
- Face the consequences : Accept and pay the penalty for what you have done.
- Face the music : Face the consequences and pay the penalty for what you have done.
- Face your fears : Meet your fears head-on and don’t run away from them.
- Face-to-face : Being right in front of another person looking him straight in the face.
- Facts of life : The realities of life the way it really is.
- Fail to see : Cannot understand or comprehend.
- Gala affair: Big, festive celebration
- Gang-up-on somebody : Attack in a group against only one person, physically or verbally.
- Gape at somebody : Stare, open-mouthed at someone.
- Gas bag : A person who talks too much.
- Gearing-up for action : Preparing up for activities that will bring about success.
- General amnesty : A pardon for offenders and prisoners.
- Gentleman’s agreement : An unwritten agreement made between honorable gentlemen.
- Get a good spanking : Take a beating.
- Get a grip on yourself : Control yourself and dont lose temper.
- Get ahead : Make progress in business life.
- Haggard look : exhausted or worn out expression
- Hair stand-on-end Scary : Terrifying
- Hair’s breadth : A near shave
- Hair-raising : Scary
- Hair-splitting : Going into fine argumentative details.
- Hairy experience : Hazardous and frightening moment.
- Half-hearted : Unenthusiastic ; without commitment or enthusiasm.
- Halcyon days : Peaceful days.
- Half-the-battle : Half of the way towards success.
- Half-wit : Someone with only half the normal intelligence of others.
- I can’t bear it anymore : It’s too much for me.
- I can’t bear that man : I cannot tolerate that man.
- I can’t stand it : I can’t tolerate it any more
- I cannot condone that : I cannot accept that
- I don’t get it. : I don’t quite understand.
- I don’t get the thrust of your argument : I don’t see the main purpose or idea.
- I don’t have a clue. : I have absolutely no idea.
- I don’t have all day. : Hurry-up and get a move on because I’m in a big rush;
- I figure that : I anticipate that
- I get the picture : I see and understand what you are telling me.
- Jack of all trades master of none : Having worked in every kind of job but not being expert on any one.
- Jam-packed : Crowded to the bursting point
- Jaundiced-attitude : Pessimistic way of seeing.
- Jail bird : A person who is or has been confined to jail.
- Jaundiced eye : To look at something with a prejudiced view.
- Jealousy gets you nowhere : There is no benefit in being
- Jeering crowd : A large gathering of angry people who are shouting disapproval.
- Jittery nerves : Jumpy, shaky nerves.
- Jog the mind : prod someone’s memory
- Johnny-on-the-spot : Someone who responds and comes quickly when needed;
- Kangaroo court: A group of self-appointed court members set up hastily to judge and punish.
- Keen observer : Sharp in observing.
- Keep a civil tongue in your head : Speak politely with good manners the way society expects.
- Keep a secret : Don’t tell anybody.
- Keep abreast of : Stay up-to-date.
- Keep an eye on someone : Watch someone to see what he does.
- Keep an eye out for : Be on the lookout for.
- Keep in check : Restrain
- Keep in step with the times : Up-to-date.
- Keep in touch : Remain in contact.
- Labor of love : Something that you do because you love doing it.
- Labor under the illusion : Be under the false impression that.
- Laborious task : A lot of hard work and effort.
- Labor-the-point : Keep talking on-and-on about the same matter or point
- Lack of funds : Shortage of Funds
- Lack of understanding : Not to understand something
- Lady luck : Chance fortune; fate.
- Lady’s man : A man who likes the ladies and they like him.
- Lag behind : Drop back
- Laid back : Relaxed; easy-going; calm; cool.
- Mad as a wet hen : Very angry.
- Mad as a march hare : Crazy and insane.
- Made-up : Imaginary; not true; fabricated
- Magic moment : Special moment.
- Maiden name : A women’s surname before marriage.
- Maiden voyage : A ship’s first voyage.
- Maimed-for-life : Deformed by bodily injury for the rest of one’s life.
- Main ambition : Mist important aim or goal in life.
- Main man : The most important person.
- Maintain balance : Equilibrium
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